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It’s a time in America when fights that felt settled, struggles that felt vindicated, are back. Maybelle Carter, Loretta Lynn and Reba did not travel and travail to leave to their heiresses a country music business that looks like it did in 2018. Women in Nashville aspiring to write and record country music for a living end the year incredulous and exasperated.

Brandi Carlile, a charismatic and activist songwriter long cherished by the folk music community and recently embraced by Americana, stamped a place in history by securing six nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards, which were announced this morning. Carlile, who’s getting set to host her first all-female music festival in Mexico in January, is part of a big year for women, who enjoyed key nominations in country, Americana, bluegrass and the overall industry categories as well.

The interesting thing to listen for in Americana Christmas albums is where artists position themselves on the spectrum between sincere and snarky. When country stars make holiday albums (and they all make at least one), they’re generally earnest and full of old familiar tunes. Americana artists are far more likely to embrace the season’s ambiguities and sometimes absurdities. And it’s impressive to see how many take on the challenge of writing an album’s worth of original material. That’s what’s going on with this year’s stack of yuletide discs.

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Murfreesboro, TN – Guitar great Doug MacDonald has a new album of jazz. "Turn" features both wind and brass instruments creating and eclectic mix.

Murfreesboro, TN – The new four million dollars honors college recently swung open its doors to the over one thousand students enrolled in advanced study.

Murfreesboro, TN – From her website:

Born to singer mom - Carmen Revelle - who performed with the house band at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, Hill has the music of the late 1940s and 50s in her bluesy blood.

Now adopted as a hometown girl, Hill both writes and sings songs that you no doubt have sung along to at one time or another: Garth Brooks' "Two Pina Coladas" and "It's Your Song," Kirk Whalum's "The Moment I Prayed," and "I Loved You in Memphis" performed by Isaac Hayes.

Murfreesboro, TN – Gerald Wilson talks about his amazing 7 decade career.

Murfreesboro, TN – It's been forty years since the great vocalist died.

Murfreesboro, TN – A former MTSU student is one of 17 killed in a Blackhawk helicopter crash in Iraq. Former and future soldiers pay tribute.

Smyrna, TN – The story of the "Boy Hero of the Confederacy" comes to life with the addition of a new museum and visitor center at his historic home.

Smyrna, TN – The long awaited Sam Davis Visitor's Center and Museum will open to the public on November 22, 2003. This $1.25 million expansion will include a museum store, conference room, and most importantly, a 2,800 square foot museum.

Murfreesboro, TN – Former Vice President and MTSU adjunct professor Al Gore talked recently about the connection between the growth of mass communication and the spread of democracy.

Randy O'Brien – In the late 50s and early 60s, Nashville was a place where jazz and rock greats came to learn their chops.


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THOMPSON STATION, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Sensory Santa has found his way to Tennessee just in time for Christmas.

Thompson Station resident Sid Heffington started playing Santa at his church several years ago. He noticed Santa was having trouble connecting with some children, especially those with special needs.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee State University educator has successfully worked to have a historical marker put up recognizing the Nashville slave market.

The school says the marker identifies an area that was the center of slave trade in Nashville before the Civil War and the second largest slave port in Tennessee.

Associate history professor Learotha Williams talked about the slaves when the marker was erected Friday, saying, "We acknowledge your pain, we recognize your strength, and we honor your sacrifice."

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Two long-time, mid-state political operatives say Tennessee Republicans should leave the state’s primary system alone. 

Tennessee is one of just over a dozen states that allow residents to vote in the primary of their choice. The Republican Party State Executive Committee recently called on state lawmakers to change that by restricting primary voting to party members.


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